Braves still willing to listen to offers for Prado and Jurrjens

With it known that Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado could be had with the right offer,  the Braves have understandably received some attention during this week’s General Managers Meetings in Milwaukee.  But as this month has past it has become even more apparent that Atlanta GM Frank Wren will need to receive a rather attractive offer before seriously thinking about trading either of these two players.

Because this year’s free agent market is weak in the starting pitching department, it makes sense for the Braves to at least listen to offers for Jurrjens.  But it will take a substantial offer to land the 25-year-old right-handed pitcher.

There’s no doubt the Braves have an abundance of impressive young pitching prospects who are ready to join a rotation that is already projected to include both Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy.  But questions still surrounding Tommy Hanson’s shoulder, it might be in the Braves’ best interest to keep Jurrjens.

Prado has also drawn attention from the Rockies, Royals and a number of other clubs who like the versatility he could provide.  But with Chipper Jones approaching his 40th birthday and needing regular rest during the season, it might also be in the Braves’ best interest to keep Prado, who is very capable of handling third base whenever necessary.

Because Jurrjens and Prado are set to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million via arbitration this year, the Braves could certainly gain some financial flexibility by moving either of these players.  But Wren has said he has the financial resources available to satisfy all of his offseason needs without having to make a trade.

As the GM meetings opened this week, there was a rumor that the Braves might be willing to trade Prado to the Tigers for Delmon Young and possibly another prospect.   This was quickly debunked.   The Braves have shown little interest in Young in the past and they are seemingly looking for much more in return for Prado.

- Mark Bowman

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